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New Program Allows Car Buyers to Protect Tomorrow’s Trade-In Value Today

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New Program Allows Car Buyers to Protect Tomorrow’s Trade-In Value Today

Posted on 03 March 2013 by Grace

Ron Tonkin Chevrolet Offers Equity Plus

Portland, Oregon – March 2, 2012 – Ron Tonkin Chevrolet, a leading dealer of new and used vehicles in Northwestern Oregon and Southwestern Washington, has announced today its participation in Tonkin Equity Plus. This program was designed to eliminate or minimize the negative equity of customers’ trade-in vehicles.

The term “negative equity” means that an individual owes more money on an auto loan than the car is worth. In the past when trading a vehicle, customers were expected to pay off or finance negative equity. This, combined with the purchase of another vehicle, was a financial burden. Now through this exciting new program customers do not have to absorb one hundred percent of their negative equity.

New qualifying vehicles purchased at Ron Tonkin Chevrolet will now include this trade-in protection at no additional charge. Customers can trade in their vehicle for another halfway through the loan period. If the trade-in vehicle is valued at less than is owed on the car, the program will protect the owner up to $2,500. No other dealer has it, does it, or can offer it.

“We can now offer a more complete service to our valued customers. If halfway through your purchase you find yourself in need of a different vehicle, this program will help protect your investment” said Chad Eddlemon, General Manager at Ron Tonkin Chevrolet, “You no-longer have to feel stuck in a car that is not right for you.”

New vehicles can be purchased from any of the Ron Tonkin Dealerships and traded-in at Ron Tonkin Chevrolet to receive this benefit. Additionally, purchase a new Chevrolet from Ron Tonkin Chevrolet and you are able to trade it in to any of the Tonkin Dealerships. Tonkin Equity Plus is offered exclusively at Ron Tonkin Dealerships.

About Ron Tonkin Chevrolet Founded in Portland, OR in 1960, Ron Tonkin Chevrolet is an established local automotive dealer. Ron Tonkin Chevrolet provides consumers with fuel-efficient, safe, and reliable vehicles that deliver high-quality and spirited performance and value. Ron Tonkin Chevrolet sells and services new and used vehicles in addition to selling GM and aftermarket parts and accessories.

Visit our website at
Ron Tonkin Chevrolet
Marketing Department
Grace Bacon
122nd NE 122nd Ave
Portland, OR 97230
Phone: 503.408.4143
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Poor Credit Auto Financing in Portland OR

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Poor Credit Auto Financing in Portland OR

Posted on 26 January 2013 by Grace

Finally a dealership that can help you! You have tried to get a car loan from other dealerships right? Car loans from most dealerships are targeted at people with a perfect credit. People who have managed to escape the turbulent economy unscathed. For the rest us, Ron Tonkin Chevrolet can help. They have a department dedicated to securing auto financing for people with an imperfect credit history. The department has a 90% success rate and works tirelessly to approve your car loan.  Every day they secure financing for people with bad credit, bankruptcy, divorce or any number of other issues. Below are just a few of the many Ron Tonkin Chevrolet success stories.

Mia ‎ - Jan 25, 2012


This was hands down the easiest car buying experience we have ever had! Not only was the staff friendly and helpful, the loan process was easy and quick. We were extremely skeptical due to the fact that we have had some credit bruises but the staff assured us they could get us into a car we would love and they did. We will definitely be back when we buy our next car!

Indamuzik ‎ - May 25, 2011


I have never financed a new or used car before and have horrible credit. Lorrie was my salesperson and she went above and beyond to get me into a car that FAR exceeded my expectations. Thank You Lorrie Krall and Thank you Ron Tonkin Chevrolet!! 

Ron Tonkin Chevrolet is a part of a family of 18 dealerships that are established and reputable in the Portland area. You can be assured you will receive exceptional customer service from a dealership with over 50 years in the auto business.  Furthermore, at Ron Tonkin Chevrolet customers can browse vehicles from any of the 18 Ron Tonkin Family Dealerships. The staff will work to get you into the car of your dreams regardless of your credit history. Essentially, when it comes to new or used car loans you simply can’t find a more reputable or convenient dealership in the Northwest.

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Oregon Winter Activities

Oregon Winter Activities

Posted on 21 January 2013 by Grace

Oregonians are known for their love of the outdoors. Even the cold Northwest winters can’t keep them cooped up inside. Here are three fun ways to enjoy the Oregon winter.

Stay at Crater Lake

One of the most beautiful National Parks is located right here in Oregon, Crater Lake. There are no shortage of ways to enjoy this great American treasure. Whether you like winter camping or cozy lodges, sweat-inducing activities like snowshoeing and cross country skiing or simply chilling by the fire with a beautiful view, Crater Lake certainly has something for everyone.

This park is the perfect distance for a weekend getaway but has enough activites to keep you entertained for a week. 

Hike at Mount Tabor

If you’re a Portland resident and the winter weather has you yearning for the outdoors why not go for a hike. Sure, it might be muddy, but hiking in winter is a worthwhile pursuit. Put on a pair of sturdy boots and find some of the best hiking trails in Portland.

Mount Tabor has everything a park should; picnic tables, playgrounds, an off-leash dog area, hiking trails, and incredible views. This park is conveniently located in the city of Portland and is the perfect escape on a day off. The Park is located at SE 60th and Salmon Street. There’s an entrance there, or you can also park on SE Lincoln Street (near 51st)

Sled at Little John Snow Play Area 

It may not be snowing in Portland but that doesn’t mean you can’t drive to a winter wonderland. Head to Little John Snow Play Area located 11 miles north of the Hwy26/Hwy35 junction and enjoy free sledding at this developed sno-park.

Little John sno-park is one of the only non-commercial places in the area. It was configured during summer to offer a good sleding hill during winter. On a nice day hundreds gather to enjoy the park.

No matter where you are headed this winter remember to drive safe and have fun!

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2013 Sonic RS – Portland OR


2013 Sonic RS – Portland OR

Posted on 20 March 2012 by Grace

The sporty Sonic will be available in an even sportier version, the RS. This high performance car made it’s debut at the North American International Auto Show.

The Sonic RS will be stocked with a turbocharged 138-horsepower four-cylinder engine, tuned exhaust, tighter suspension, 17-inch wheels and an upgraded, leather-trimmed interior. Its grille, fog lamps and other body parts have been redesigned. Unlike most subcompacts, this car is designed to be not only fuel efficient, but fun to drive.

“The new Chevrolet Sonic RS pushes Chevrolet’s performance heritage in a new direction, for a new generation of drivers,” said Chris Perry, vice president of Global Chevrolet Marketing. “It takes the Sonic’s great design and latest connectivity features and combines them with a more performance-oriented look and feel.”

Though the existing Sonic is a blast to drive, the Sonic RS takes fun to a whole new level.

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Portland Auto Show

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Portland Auto Show

Posted on 18 February 2012 by Grace

The Portland International Auto Show took place January 26-29, 2012 at the Oregon Convention Center. The event attracted major global automakers and guests from all over the Northwest. The emphasis this year was on green technology, fuel efficiency, and economy. It was the second year that the show featured the largest Eco Center in the nation, showcasing eco-friendly vehicles. Chevy’s lineup of fuel efficient vehicles included the Volt, Cruze Eco, Sonic, and 2013 Spark, to name a few. The Volt once again drew crowds for its unsurpassed technology and sporty style.

In the main GM area the entire Chevy lineup was on display. Guests were allowed to sit in cars ranging from the new Chevy Sonic to the limited addition 100th Anniversary Corvette. Chevrolet service vehicles were also present, including the Caprice,released in the US exclusively for police use. An awe worthy Silverado was on display, commemorating the first responders of 9/11.

Crowds flooded into the luxury vehicle section where they could see, among others, Callaway Cars. A Corvette, Camaro, and Tahoe were supercharged using Callaway’s state of the art technology and onlookers admired the superior engines and asked questions to the Callaway Specialist on site.

The Auto Show rapped up January 29th and boasted higher than ever attendance. We look forward to next year.

To view the entire album from the Portland Auto Show, visit our Facebook Fan Page. If you have questions about any of the Chevrolet vehicles at the Portland International Auto Show please feel free to contact us via email at or visit our website at

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Ron Tonkin Chevrolet Auto Service Department


Ron Tonkin Chevrolet Auto Service Department

Posted on 24 December 2011 by Grace

Service Spotlight: Will Wahlin

Will Wahlin has been a Service Advisor at Ron Tonkin Chevrolet for the past two years. Will came to Ron Tonkin Chevrolet’s Service Department with an impressive resume. He has done everything from working as a district manager at an automotive center to owning his own automotive business. This well- rounded experience makes Will an expert at answering customers’ vehicle related questions.

As a s Service Advisors, Will advocates for the customer throughout the repair/maintenance process. He strives to keep his customers informed and satisfied every step of the way. When a customer comes into the service department, Will answers questions, does a courtesy vehicle inspection, and maintains contact with the customer until the vehicle is complete.

When Will is not at work, he is restoring classic cars. Will’s three favorite Chevrolets are Chevy Nova, Chevelle, and El Camino.

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Service Spotlight – Chris Gain

Posted on 15 December 2011 by Grace

Chris Gain has been a car lover his whole life, so it was no surprise that 20 years ago he began his career in the auto industry. Today, Chris’ enthusiasm for the cars has not diminished. He now works a Service Advisor at Ron Tonkin Chevrolet where he assists customers throughout the maintenance/repair process. Chris explains the service options to customers and answers any questions that may arise. Then, he works with the Ron Tonkin Chevrolet Factory Trained Technicians to ensure that vehicles are serviced properly and in a timely fashion.

Chris’ attention to customer service has led to a growing customer base. Guests come into the dealership and ask for Chris by name because they know he is an experienced Service Advisor and provides exceptional customer care.

When Chris is not in the dealership he is spending time with family and friends. He especially enjoys being outside walking, surfing and playing sports. His three favorite Chevrolet vehicles are Camaros, Silverados and 1956 Bel-Aires.


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Stocking Stuffers for Chevy Lovers – Under $35


Stocking Stuffers for Chevy Lovers – Under $35

Posted on 07 December 2011 by Grace

Stocking Stuffers for Chevy Lovers – Under $35 

Chevy Santa Hat

We like to think that Santa’s sleigh is powered by a Chevrolet Small-Block V8 Engine. The Santa’s helper in your life will be proud to sport this plush hat complete with the Chevy logo. Santa and Chevy what a combo!

Price: $16.99




Chevy Travel Mug

Tis the season for warm beverages on cold days. Keep your coffee and coco warm with this insulated Chevy travel mug. Fits perfectly in Chevy cup holders!

Price: $12.95 - available in a variety of colors.




Chevy Cookies

Cookies and cars will make the Chevy-loving tike in your life jump for joy. Turn a boring old stocking into a garage filled with brand-new Chevy Cookies.  Enjoy miles and miles of snaking fun!

Price: $1.95




Camaro SS Cap

For the Chevy enthusiast who has a thing for serious power, we present this stylish Camaro SS cap. Whether they have a Camaro or just have great taste this hat will be the perfect gift.




Model Chevelle SS

Collectors of any age will be impressed by this stylish 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 454 model car. With the same sleek design as its bigger counterpart, this model car is a cost-effective alternative…  best of all no license required!

Price: $35




For more information email Chevyinfo@dealerdelivery. com

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Portland Holiday Events

Posted on 05 December 2011 by Grace

Portland is a magical place to celebrate the holidays. The city comes alive with the spirit of the season and there are a number of fun events for the whole family. Here are three of our favorites.















Oregon Zoo Lights  ZooLights illuminate your holiday!  More than a million sparkling lights transform the zoo into a winter wonderland. The traditional holiday light show begins Friday, Nov. 25, and runs through Jan. 1 at the zoo. More Information

Christmas Ship Parade  The Christmas Ship Parade is made up of over 50 illuminated ships that sail down the Columbia and Willamette Rivers. Whether you are eating restaurant with a view of the river or walking on the water front, the ships are a sight to behold. More Information

The Nutcracker at the Oregon Ballet Theater   George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker will spark the fire in your heart. This beloved show is performed by the Oregon Ballet and will surely create memories your family will cherish forever. More Information

Enjoy the season… enjoy the city!


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Get a Car Loan with Bad Credit

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Get a Car Loan with Bad Credit

Posted on 17 November 2011 by Grace

The number of people in the Northwest with bad credit is at an all-time high. This is largely attributed to the turbulent economic climate and high unemployment rate. People living in Oregon, Washington, and across the country are finding it impossible to pay their bills and as a result have low credit scores.

A bad credit score makes securing an auto loan nearly impossible. Luckily, some local dealerships specialize in auto financing for people with bad credit. Ron Tonkin Chevrolet is one such dealer. Customers are able to secure financing through the Ron Tonkin Chevrolet Business Development Center and drive off the lot with a new or pre-owned vehicle the same day.

Business Development Center

Ron Tonkin Chevrolet’s Business Development Center is directed by Lorrie Krall. Lorrie has been a part of the Ron Tonkin Family of Dealerships for over three years under her direction the department boasts a 90% success rate of securing loans for customers. Though she started as a sales consultant, she was quickly drawn to the Business Development Center. Lorrie states, “I have the best customers. My customers come from a variety of backgrounds. Many have always been responsible with their credit until the unexpected happens, like a job loss or a medical issue, and they fall behind on their bills.” Regardless of the situation, Ron Tonkin Chevrolet’s primary goal is to help customers purchase a great vehicle within their budget.

The Process

  • Getting in Contact – Clients can contact the Business Development Center in a variety of different ways. Some are connected through various third party websites and others can simply visit the company website. Special loan customers are directed to a representative who can answer any of their questions.
  • Phone Consultation – After you reach out to Ron Tonkin Chevrolet, you will receive a phone call from a Business Development Center representative. The representative will ask you basic questions in order to complete a credit application over the phone and set up an appointment.
  • Appointment – When you come in for your appointment your loan has already been secured. A sales consultant will help you find your ideal car within your budget from any of the seventeen Tonkin dealerships. The sales consultant will work with you until you are confident in your choice.
  • Purchasing a vehicle – Because your loan is already secured, purchasing a car is easy. Once you have decided on a vehicle, a financial adviser will explain the payment structure and have you sign the necessary paperwork.
  • On Your Way – Your sales consultant will hand you your key and explain any additional information about the vehicle. You are now on your way with a quality affordable vehicle.

With Ron Tonkin Chevrolet your credit score is not an issue. We believe that everyone should be able to purchase a car regardless of their financial history, which is why we have been putting people behind the wheel of their dream cars for over fifty years.

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